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Markus Winkelhock – Spyker’s German formula one Hero

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Markus Winkelhock got his 15 minutes of fame when he led the formula one European Grand Prix for a brief moment as his f1 team Spyker had switched him to wet weather tyres earlier. But whats surprising is that he had never in his life driven in the rain ? , arent test drivers supposed to race in all conditions.

Here are some snazzy photos of Markus Winklehock in Action and also an interview. Hopefully our German formula one fans will enjoy it the most, maybe the Dutch formula one fans dig him too

Markus Winkelhock - Leading European Grand Prix

Markus Winkelhock - Leading European Grand Prix

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July 25th, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Spyker end Christijan Alber’s contract

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Christijan Albers

In what was being widely speculated , Christijan Alber’s contract was terminated by the Spyker formula one team. Lets hope Narain Karthikeyan gets a shot πŸ˜› , Show him some money, Mr. TATA

Team principal Colin Kolles stated: ‘This has been a very difficult decision. Christijan has started to find some form in the car, but the team??(tm)s ambitious development programme has been seriously compromised by non-payment by one of his sponsors and we are faced with no other option.??(tm)

Director of Formula 1 of Spyker F1 Michiel Mol added: ‘The decision to replace Christijan is one of the hardest I have had to take since becoming involved in the team. By terminating the contract with Christijan and the subsequent entering into a new contract it enables Spyker F1 Ltd. to safeguard its strong financial footing needed to fulfil its technical and commercial goals. We do not expect this will have any adverse effect on Spyker F1??(tm)s financial result this year. We would also like to stress this decision has nothing to do with Christijan??(tm)s recent performances ??” we still have faith in his contribution as a driver ??” but the long-term future of the team is of paramount importance. We would like to thank Christijan for his input and wish him every success in the future.??(tm)

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July 10th, 2007 at 11:26 am

Spyker Photos from French Grand Prix

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As we had mentioned earlier also, Spyker formula one photos will be a regular feature at our site, Enjoy πŸ˜‰

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July 2nd, 2007 at 5:08 am

Ferrari rise from ashes as Kimi wins French Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen French Grand Prix

It was straight out of a well written movie script, in the recent races Ferrari had fallen far behind in terms of pace and till last race most people were wondering if this would be an all McLaren season. But thankfully, Ferrari regained form today scoring an impressive 1-2, with Kimi winning the race and Felipe Massa coming second. Lewis Hamilton of McLaren came third completing the top 3. The Ferraris completely dominated the race.

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Another surprise was Jenson Button, he finally scored a point in the souped up Honda and thus put Honda on the leader board. Robert Kubica back from injury was an impressive fourth and Nick Heidfeld was fifth scoring two great finishes for the BMW Sauber formula one team.

Fernando Alonso who started 10th made his way upto 7th place. Hamilton now leads him by 14 points in the Driver’s championship.

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli was out on the first lap, but teammate Ralf Schumacher was able to salvage some pride for the Toyota team getting 10th place just 1 short of a point scoring position.

Final Result of the 2007 formula one French Grand Prix

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1hr 30min 54.200
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +00:02.414
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren-Mercedes 00:32.153
4. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 00:41.727
5. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 00:46.801
6. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 00:52.210
7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren-Mercedes 00:56.516
8. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 00:58.885
9. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams-Toyota 01:08.505
10. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 1 lap
11. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1 lap
12. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1 lap
13. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 1 lap
14. Alexander Wurz (Austria) Williams – Toyota 1 lap
15. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Renault 1 lap
16. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri-Honda 2 laps
17. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Spyker-Ferrari 2 laps
r. Scott Speed (U.S.) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 laps
r. Christijan Albers (Netherlands) Spyker-Ferrari 42 laps
r. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri-Honda 69 laps
r. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 69 laps
r. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 laps

r = retired

Fastest Lap: Felipe Massa, 1:16.099, lap 42.

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Lewis Hamilton snatches maiden pole at Canada

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Seeing Lewis Hamilton, someone muttered – Is this the start of something beautiful ! πŸ˜›

Ralf Schumacher Montreal 2007 Canadian Grand Prix
BTW The qualifying telecast in India was delayed by the Asia vs Africa Cricket match πŸ˜€

Lewis Hamilton, the McLaren Mercedes rookie formula one driver further impressed people by scoring pole position. Maybe it was some of that aggression from Monaco. Teammate Fernando Alonso managed a second place. But what was surprising was the fact that Nick Heidfeld split the Ferraris and the McLarens. Nick Heidfeld is really impressing with his gutsy drives this season. Maybe he deserves a team better than BMW. Ralf Schumacher(in photo) again disappointed with a dismal 18th, the Toyota team later blamed it on traffic. Jarno Trulli came out with flying colours though managing a respectable 10th place.
Here is the qualifying order for Sunday’s formula one Canadian Grand Prix :

Qualifying Order times at the 2007 formula one Canadian Grand Prix:

1. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren one minute, 15.707
2. Fernando Alonso (Sp) McLaren 1:16.163
3. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:16.266
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:16.411
5. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:16.570
6. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:16.913
7. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:16.919
8. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:16.993
9. Giancarlo Fisichella (It) Renault 1:17.229
10. Jarno Trulli (It) Toyota 1:17.747
11. Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda 1:16.743
12. Vitantonio Liuzzi (It) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.760
13. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1:17.116
14. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:17.304
15. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:17.541
16. Scott Speed (US) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.571
17. Anthony Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda 1:17.542
18. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:17.634
19. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Renault 1:17.806
20. Alexander Wurz (Aut) Williams-Toyota 1:18.089
21. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Spyker-Ferrari 1:18.536
22. Christijan Albers (Ned) Spyker-Ferrari 1:19.196

Here is what Lewis Hamilton had to say after the qualifying

“It has been a fantastic day, it is already a fantastic weekend,” Lewis Hamilton said.

“It is not easy when you have a two-time world champion hunting you down.

“I stayed strong and I did it. I owe it all to the team, we worked very hard to get it right.

“You come to that last corner at 200mph and on the final lap I went quicker than I have ever been. I almost touched the wall.

“For the final lap the car was sweet. I did not make a mistake and I got the time – I am thrilled.”

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